Tag: carbon sinks

Peat Wars: Should Ancient Bogs Be Miracle Plant Food? Or Precious Carbon Sink?

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 10, 2012 2:45 pm

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An English bog

It’s a battle over turf—peat, to be exact. In Great Britain, government plans to phase out the use of peat in gardening products—intended to protect bogs, from which peat is harvested—have created a division between gardeners and environmentalists, writes The New York Times. That’s because peat bogs are tremendous carbon sinks that hold one-quarter of the carbon stored in the world’s soil, or more than 200 billion tons of carbon, but also happen to contain nutrients that make plants grow like gangbusters.

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